Presenters

 

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Duncan Ferguson
Head of Music
St Andrew's College - Christchurch NZ
Duncan is the Head of Music at St Andrew's College in Christchurch, New Zealand. In addition to this he develops Music Technology exemplars for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and regularly runs teacher Professional Development courses for teachers all over New Zealand.

Duncan is also an Apple Distinguished Educator and the Managing Director and resource developer for Learning Ideas Ltd, a company he setup in 2002 to provide ear training, theory/score reading and music technology resources primarily for New Zealand high school teachers. Resources he has created have been supplied to over 95% of New Zealand high schools.
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Francesca de Valence
CEO and Founder
I Heart Songwriting Club

Francesca de Valence is an Australian artist, award-winning songwriter, international speaker, educator and the founder of I Heart Songwriting Club. She writes a monthly column for Songwriting Magazine (UK), has a fortnightly ABC Radio songwriting segment (AUS) and facilitates songwriting workshops nationally and internationally for PROs including APRA AMCOS (AUS/NZ) & IMRO (IRE) and forward-thinking schools and universities (QUT, QCGU, WAAPA).

Holding a Masters in Music and as a teacher for 20 years, Francesca has taught music in Austalian and Hong Kong schools and has taught at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University. She has delivered successful long-term creative and songwriting development programs with her unique music technology platform connecting mentors and learners globally (MusicACT, Ipswich City Council, BEMAC, Big Sky Girls).

When she's not on the road running workshops, performing and speaking (BIGSOUND, Folk Alliance International, Going Global, WAMCon, ANATS), Francesca can be found in her hometown of Brisbane or her creative hub in Paris - eating baguettes and writing songs in French language.

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Belinda Dolan
EDnet Mentor
Music Teacher
Earnshaw State College
Belinda Dolan is currently a music teacher at Earnshaw State College, Banyo, Brisbane. Throughout her career she has developed a passion for music technology in the Primary classroom. She incorporates both Kodaly music education and technology to give the students a well rounded education.

Belinda completed her Masters in Music at the University of Queensland where her main studies were in music education and how technology can support and enhance the children’s learning experiences. She has presented workshops on the use of iPads in the music classroom, Project-based learning, digital feedforward, flipped learning, composition for early learners for Lutheran Education, Catholic Education, KEMIA and Music EDnet. She has also looked at both an iPad and non-iPad approach to integrating technology into the music classroom. Belinda enjoys teaching creativity and adapting existing programs to suit technology.

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David Dowling
Support & Training Coordinator
Music EDnet
After taking up the Guitar in 1990 and investing in a programmable drum machine shortly after, David has been a devout music and music technology enthusiast ever since. David later undertook a bachelor of music degree at Adelaide University’s Elder Conservatorium in 2006, graduated in 2008, and, after a break to begin working for Avid, finished with honours in music technology in 2013.
David worked for Avid Technology from 2009-2016 as the Sibelius software specialist, demonstrator, and support person for Australia, New Zealand and much of the wider Asia-Pacific region. He has also taught Sibelius formally at Adelaide University since 2012.

His focus has always been on harnessing the power of music technology to achieve real musical outcomes, from notating in Sibelius and recording with Pro-Tools, to ambitious personalised music application development on the programming side with Max/MSP and SuperCollider. Most of the tools that comprise the Music Technology field are second nature to David now, and he loves nothing more than helping others take control of their music applications and hardware to aid with a wide range of music/education needs and styles.
Websites:
Music EDnet
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Kate Hargreaves
Director
MusicEDU
As the Founder & CEO of MusicEDU, Kate Hargreaves launched MusicEDU in 2011 with the aspiration to give every student an opportunity to enjoy and engage in classroom music. This goal continues to be achieved internationally through integrating progressive teaching techniques and technology via The MusicEDU Suite in secondary schools.

In 2020 MusicEDU launches ‘Augmented Reality Classroom’ – the fifth curriculum program to The Suite. With the increasing popularity of the programs including ‘GameComposer’, ‘Studio Sessions’, ‘Keyboard Evolution’, and DJ program – ‘TrackFormers’; AR Classroom is bound to impact the way we teach music!

Kate is a regular presenter at Music Technology and Music Association conferences throughout Australia and New Zealand and has recently launched the introduction of The MusicEDU Suite in San Antonio, Texas, USA at the TMEA Conference.
Websites:
MusicEDU
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Keith Huxtable
Managing Director
Music EDnet
Keith’s experience in the music industry spans more than 40 years. Having studied Electrical Engineering at Monash University while performing part time as a professional musician, Keith has enjoyed a long career that combines his interests in music and technology. Over the years Keith has held senior technical and marketing positions with Yamaha and Roland, is a past Vice President of the Australian Music Association and a council member of ASME in SA.
Keith moved to Adelaide in 1991 to establish what is now known as Music EDnet through which he has pursued the advocacy of music in education along with technology as his mission. Today Music EDnet is nationally recognized as a leading source of music technology in schools and educational institutions.
Websites:
Music EDnet
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Peter Lee
Director
Rising Software
Peter Lee graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1998. While completing a Bachelor of Music, Peter commenced work with his partners on Auralia, a software package specifically designed to assist music students with their aural skills.
Initially only available in Australia, Auralia was soon widely exported to countries including the USA, UK, New Zealand, Sweden and Germany. Translations into languages such as German, Swedish, Chinese and Hungarian were completed. A companion package for theory studies, Musition, was soon released.
Peter continues to enhance Auralia and Musition and works with teachers and students from around the world exploring developments in music education and technology, and will be available during the conference to speak with interested delegates about Auralia and Musition software.
Websites:
Rising Software
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Elise Reitze-Swensen
Composer, music producer, percussionist, educator
WOMPP and UWA
Elise Reitze-Swensen is a composer, music producer and percussionist, who uses Ableton Live to create intricate dance music as part of electronic duo ‘Feels’. Elise is a passionate educator of Ableton Live and also the founder of Ableton User Group and music community ‘WOMPP’ (Women of Music Production Perth).

Elise trained as a classical composer and percussionist at university and it was during this time that she discovered the world of electronic music and sound design. Ableton Live has been the tool for her creative expression since 2011 and since then she has been producing and performing electronic music with it.

Some of Elise’s career highlights have been performing at CHOGM opening ceremony, performing at Australian music festivals ‘Listen Out’, ‘Falls Festival’, ‘Laneway Festival’ and ‘Perth International Arts Festival’, receiving awards for West Australian Music’s ‘Best Electronic Producer 2017 and 2018 as well as ‘Best Live Electronic Act’ and ‘Label of The Year’ for her record label ‘WOMPP’ in 2018.

Elise has been teaching music for 7 years, including instrumental music and composition. She currently teaches Ableton Live at The University of Western Australia, as well as to high school students, private lessons and to her Ableton User Group Community ‘WOMPP’.
Websites:
WOMPP
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David Santamaria
Director
DMS Music Industry Training
With 40 years experience of classroom music teaching, David Santamaria has been instrumental in bringing active engagement in music back into the middle and senior music programs in many schools across Australia.  With his rich experience in establishing and resourcing programs for the Certificates II, III and IV in Music Industry programs, David is the leading educator resource for any school looking at undertaking a VET Music program.

David has traveled Australia, working with teachers in all States, across all education systems, advising and guiding teachers in the development and implementation of their VET Music programs.  He has been involved in the design of Units of Competency and the selection of Units available which make up school-based VET Music Industry qualifications.
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Katie Wardrobe
Director
Midnight Music
Katie Wardrobe is a music technology trainer, consultant, blogger and podcaster who is passionate about helping music teachers through her business Midnight Music (www.midnightmusic.com.au). She runs hands-on workshops, presents regularly at conferences in Australia and overseas and she offers online training and support to music teachers all over the world through her music technology professional development online community - the Midnight Music Community. Katie is also the author of the keyboard and technology program for middle school students titled Studio Sessions (published by MusicEDU) and the host of the weekly Music Tech Teacher podcast.
Websites:
Midnight Music
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